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Mikel Arteta claims his ‘brain tells him’ Arsenal will lift the Premier League trophy on the final day of the season… and praises Fulham’s Dragons for vital ‘team bonding’ exercise ahead of Man City test


Mikel Arteta says his «brain tells me» Arsenal will lift the Premier League title.

The Gunners face Manchester United this Sunday in a huge clash with Manchester City just one point behind them, although Pep Guardiola’s side have a game in hand.

He said before the game: “My brain tells me when I talk to the players that we are lifting the Premier League. This is what my brain is doing right now and I want to follow my brain and my gut.

“That’s the way I want everyone to think too. I hope we can achieve that.’

Fulham, Man City’s opponents this Saturday, were filmed flying their kites in training.

Mikel Arteta claims his brain and gut tell him Arsenal will win the Premier League

Fulham, Manchester City's opponents this Saturday, were filmed training to fly their kites

Fulham, Manchester City’s opponents this Saturday, were filmed training to fly their kites

Arsenal will be hoping for the kindness of their London neighbors and Arteta is confident that Fulham’s unconventional methods will pay off.

«The power of team bonding, nobody knows what it is, but sometimes you get amazing results with it,» he said.

“I’ve been on teams that have tried to win a game, we go to dinner and then you go on an incredible run. I’m sure that will happen to Fulham.’

Nor is he worried about the impact Erik the Hag could have on United players when he delivered the referee’s decision from Arsenal’s win over Man United in September.

In March, after the FA Cup quarter-final triumph over Liverpool, Erik ten Hag made a bizarre reference to their 3-1 defeat to the Gunners – which happened in September.

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The Hag said: “For example, at Arsenal, in the fourth game of the season, in the 87th minute, we should have been awarded a penalty on Rasmus Hojlund.

Erik Ten Hag believes Man United should have been penalized for a foul on Rasmus Hojlund

Erik Ten Hag believes Man United should have been penalized for a foul on Rasmus Hojlund

Bukayo Saka is a doubt for Sunday's trip to Old Trafford and faces a late fitness test

Bukayo Saka is a doubt for Sunday’s trip to Old Trafford and faces a late fitness test

“Then we scored with (Alejandro) Garnach, we didn’t concede and then we conceded a goal that should always have been disallowed. Such moments will help you. Every team needs moments like that and we’ve never had that moment and this could be that moment.»

Asked if The Hag, who announced the defeat, would motivate the Dutchman’s side, Arteta said: “I don’t know, I don’t know how he feels about it, but we have enough to think about how we beat. them and what we must be to be better than them.’

Bukayo Saka and Takehiro Tomiyasu are doubts for Sunday’s game.

Saka wore straps at practice on Thursday, Tomiyasu was absent. Both face fitness tests today.



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